The new Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest will be a key element of local rural regeneration according to its newly announced President.
Professor Vincent Cunnane, outgoing president of Limerick Institute of Technology, will take up the new role when the TUI is established on the first of October.
The announcement was made this morning by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris who says Professor Cunnane's vast experience makes him perfectly positioned to lead the new institution, comprising of the Athlone Institute of technology and Limerick IT.
Both Institutes have been campaigning for the joint venture over the past number of years, with the greenlight for the new TUI coming in May 2021.
Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound News this morning, Professor Vincent Cunnane says the University will create and sustain opportunities across the midlands and west of Ireland:
LISTEN: Daniel Considine speaks to Professor Vincent Cunnane about his hopes for the University.